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Sourced from Japan, America and Europe, our exclusive range represents the decades from the sixties to eighties. That means loads of colour, beautifully tailored pieces and high quality.
You can get the latest looks without impacting the environment too much. Take these true vintage items and match them (or mis-match them) with this season’s pieces. Show your unique style, femininity and attitude.
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All pieces are on trend. Ready to wear today. Original.
Get the latest vintage and retro look. Japanese vintage has well and truly taken off in Australia thanks to fabulous wholesalers who are hunting down irresistible retro fabrics in mint condition. Prices are cheaper than some vintage that is coming through from America and Europe and this is passed on to you, the buyer! See stunning florals, geometrics and colour galore at our online store, and be patient, there is more coming!!
I love love love the fact that here, Downunder, we are in opposite seasons to Europe. For me, this means fabulous sales from online boutiques – just in time to rug up in something fabulous for Melbourne’s Winter. As a general rule, I prefer to buy from Australian small businesses. But at this time of year, I just can’t resist heavily reduced high end coats and boots that would normally be a four-figure-fork-out.
I am particularly enthused, at the moment, by Moschino. Probably because the Spring/Summer13 range is so vintage inspired. But at the moment, I am looking past the new season frocks and going to the Fall/Winter12/13 part of the website for the bargains. There are so many beautiful designs to peruse or buy (dare I?) Have a look:
I think Moschino Boutique (www.moschinoboutique.com) has the cutest website going around. I wish I had the budget to create such a thing!
I constantly draw inspiration from fashion houses like Moschino when picking through my vintage collection.
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To love vintage isn’t just about loving something because it’s old. To me, an old hat that is ugly and tattered and has no use visually or practically is not vintage, it’s rubbish. But something that is aged and worn, like an old suitcase that is beautiful to look at because it is stylish and has been well made and looked after provokes a love of vintage. I can appreciate the workmanship of another era and the nostalgic undertones. Who has owned it, where has it been?
To appreciate timeless fashion is to love vintage. The trend carousel keeps on turning so you can hang on to quality clothing for decades. Plum is the new black, stripes are the new spots, wedges are the new pumps. It goes ‘round and ‘round and ‘round. So many styles show up again on catwalks and in Vogue after years of retreat. That’s when we say “oh I have something like that”, and you open your secret box of vintage treasures, find that piece, pop it on and look and feel fabulous.
From my collection at Sugar & Ash (www.sugarandash.com.au), my favourite skirt is this French number from the seventies. The tailoring is exquisite and the fabric so unique and beautiful.
And here’s my favourite dress at the moment (I change my mind a lot, depending on my mood)!
From my own private collection, my favourite is this pair of YSL boots (circa 1970).
Take a look:
This year, French fashion house Chloé celebrates a six decade reign of fashion that has always stood for attitude and femininity. And this month it launches its Edition Anniversaire collection, a 16 piece capsule line of its greatest pieces reissued from the archive. UK Vogue says “Chloé’s easy elegance looks as fresh and modern today as it did in 1952, as the new anniversary collection reveals”.
Check out the links below for some great pictures and more information on the range.
Where did the inspiration for the name, Sugar & Ash, come from?
From Gone With The Wind, Vivien Leigh’s character Scarlett O’Hara is a dictionary of conflicting adjectives. Intelligent, stunningly beautiful, vain, manipulative, charming, materialistic, passionate, optimistic, funny and brave beyond words.
For those who aren’t familiar with the story, the short of it is, Scarlett’s in love with her neighbour, Ashley, but he marries someone else and she is devastated. She spends much of her life obsessing over him. Turns out, she’s more in love with the idea of being in love with him, than actually loving him (we’ve all been there, right?!).
War breaks out and Scarlett is forced to find the strength of an army within herself to save her home and her family. Without getting too much into it, I love this quote from a scene, post war, with her second husband (who she does not love, but needs his money!) where she shrieks “DON’T CALL ME SUGAR!”. Despite Scarlett’s mercenary and horrid behaviour at this point in the movie, after everything she’s been through, she is hardened, but still so sweet. You just want to barrack for her, right to the very tragic end.
Directed by Sam Wood and George Cukor
Produced by David O. Selznick
Written by Sidney Howard
Based on the best selling novel by Margaret Mitchell
‘Sugar’ is Scarlett and ‘Ash’ is Ashley. It’s one of the most beloved movies of all time and a fitting inspiration for my Vintage store.
And I called my daughter Scarlette (spelt the French way), pictured below wearing her grandmother’s vintage dress. You can view our beautiful vintage collection at http://www.sugarandash.com.au
My Mother-in-law gave our kids this book a few years ago from my husband’s childhood book collection. We read it (and re-read it) every Christmas, it’s very funny. Father Christmas is depicted as a grumpy old fella just doing his job when he’d rather be tucked up in bed or sipping cognac by the fire. I’m not sure whether it was re-printed but if you can get a copy, do so. It’s a lot of fun to read and sooo different to many of the Santa books written today. I’ve included some pictures. Raymond Briggs’s illustrations are brilliant.
From the sleeve:
“December 24th has come round again and that means work for Father Christmas. “Blooming Christmas again,” he mutters as he gets out of his nice warm bed… and so begins a most surprising and delightful Christmas story, for Raymond Briggs’s Father Christmas is a true original, and not at all the usual stereotyped kindly white-haired old gentleman. Briggs’s Father Christmas is certainly a kindly white-haired old gentleman, but he is so much more as well; he is inclined to be grumpy, is very fond of his cup of tea, loves to sing in the shower, and is, in fact, the most thoroughly human and endearing Father Christmas imaginable. His exploits are drawn in a series of strip pictures, filled with detail and very funny, which occasionally erupt into full-page spreads.
This is a picture book to warm the cockles of all hearts – young and old. It is Raymond Briggs’s own affectionate tribute to a universally beloved character.”
First published by Hamish Hamilton Chrildren’s Books Ltd, London, 1973.
Made and printed in Great Britain by William Clowes & Sons, Limited
London, Beccles and Colchester.
I have to say, my absolute favourite of all the vintage era’s would have to be the Sixties ( 70’s disco comes an extremely close second). And not just for fashion. From anti war movements to flower power, mini skirts to beach parties, the sixties represent to me a time when a whole generation realised and relished in the fact that they could be free – they had choice – and they had a voice. A voice in politics, a voice in art, in music and in fashion.
Women liberated themselves more than ever before. They educated themselves, worked hard and played hard. Hemlines rose, colours became more vibrant (thanks to vinyl and polyester) and style icons such as Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy became legend.
It was a time of dreaming and nostalgia, where possibilities became probabilities.
The Kinks, Carpenters, Simon & Garfunkel and The Beach Boys were the soundtrack of my childhood (along with Golden Books read-along records!). I used to love dressing up in my mother’s minis and Mary Janes and dance around to anything and everything from my parents’ record collection. Today, I love watching my kids jump around to the catchy beats of The Beatles and co.
Legends from the sixties will live on in the hearts and minds of generations to come if we let them. Bikinis, mop top hair-do’s, paisley, go-go boots, culottes, false eye lashes – all still very much in vogue. Literally, in Vogue!
So tie a poly scarf to your best vinyl bag, hitch up your skirt, put a smile on your face and spread the love.
“Come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!” Peter Pan
Sixties dresses, now for sale, at Sugar & Ash.
I need your help!
My three beautiful children sat down the other day to write their annual letters to you. They had all manner of requests: TV’s, iPads, Wii games, iTouch’s, my six year old asked for a mobile phone!
(Hey, kids!?! There’s a pool in the backyard, a bucket of balls and a cricket bat in the shed and a footy oval across the road. GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY!!)
It’s Summer. We’re in Australia. There’s a hundred long white sandy beaches down the road. We have a backyard, a leafy neighbourhood and a corner store with an ice-cream freezer. When did that stop being enough?
Is it because all their friends at school have these techno things and they feel deprived? Is it a bit like when you give a child a bag of lollies but they can’t physically open the bag? They need help to open it. And they look at the bag for what seems like an eternity to them and the longer they look, the more they want to eat those lollies. Their mouths are watering. But they know they can’t eat the lollies because they can’t open the damn bag!! If they were to write a letter to you at that moment, Santa, would they ask for a pair of scissors? An iPad wouldn’t be at thetop of the list then would it?
I think some parents lack imagination. Yesterday, a woman at the bakery told me “I’m getting all my kids TV’s for their bedrooms for Christmas this year.” I nearly choked. And I saw a family of five in a restaurant on the weekend, all three kids with iPads, the father with an iPad and the mother texting through the entire meal. No body uttered a word to each other!
My friend was dining with her four children the other day and an elderly lady came up to her and told her how it warmed her heart watching this family chatting and laughing over dinner. “What beautiful children you have” she said. But shouldn’t that be the norm? Why should it provoke a comment from a stranger?
So Santa, as much as I love my children and I want them to get whatever they want in life, it is precisely because I love them that I would like you to bring them an air hockey table. Hours of fun. Competitiveness. Togetherness. Standing and moving. And they’re not expecting it. So, low and behold, there’ll even be an element of surprise. Remember Surprises?
Oh, and can you pop in a well sealed bag of lollies? I’ve hidden the scissors.
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